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Pokémon Sun and Moon out now

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Finally. After years of waiting, the sun and moon have aligned for a beloved franchise. Pokémon Sun and Moon, that is.

The new Pokémon game for the Nintendo 3DS is out, folks! Which, among many other things, means you haven’t caught them all. Not yet, anyway.

For Nintendo, the game represents a great opportunity to get more people, new people who haven’t experienced what it’s like to play a proper Pokémon game yet, to hop on the franchise bandwagon, which has been blazing the trail since Pokémon Go hit the app stores.

A lot already have, apparently. Pokémon Sun and Moon has evolved into a huge hit, even before copies of the game could be distributed. It’s the most pre-ordered Nintendo game of all time, beating other titles that have the likes of Mario and Link plastered on their boxes.

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Sun and Moon are set 12 hours apart

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Solgaleo, pictured on the left, is the legendary creature from Pokémon Sun, while Lunala, on the right, is from Pokémon Moon

It’s also worth noting that critics seem to love it; the early reviews are in, and the expert consensus is pretty firm: gorgeous visuals; memorable narrative; fun to play.

In true Pokémon fashion, there’s two versions (of the same game) to choose from, each with their own set of exclusive creatures and different storytelling elements. We won’t spoil anything for you, but the biggest deviation you should know about has to do with the time of day you play.

You see, the worlds of Pokémon Sun and Moon have separate day and night cycles that are set 12 hours apart, and both are tied to the local time on your 3DS console. So, if you play Moon at 3 p.m., your time, things will play out at 3 a.m. in the game world.

Also: Legendaries differ from one title to another. And before you say anything, no, that doesn’t count as a spoiler because they appear on the retail package, and they’re featured on practically every promo material. Your choice may come down to which end-game creature (and evolution) appeals more to you.

We’ll have more to say about the nuances between the versions, so check back in a week. Pokémon Sun and Moon is now available at $40 apiece.

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Overwatch Puppy Rumble: Cutest game of Capture the Flag!

All the puppies were adoptable!

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This is one tournament of Capture the Flag you don’t want to miss. It may sound pretty silly but it’s ridiculously the good kind of silly. To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Blizzard put together an event called the Overwatch Puppy Rumble and it’s too adorable to miss out on.

The Overwatch Puppy Rumble not only had some intense capture the flag action, but it also had cute adoptable puppies dressed up in little Overwatch outfits. The whole rumble is a must-watch. And, if you’ve already seen it, it’s worth rewatching.

The event was in partnership with Wags and Walks, a dog adoption center in Los Angeles. All of the dogs featured in the Puppy Rumble were available for adoption. If this doesn’t convince you to watch it, I honestly don’t know what will.

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This game teaches you to become a master of fake news

So you can look out for them in the real world

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We live in a time rife with questionable (if not, outright fake) news. With a lot of discourse happening online, it’s getting trickier to separate the fact from the lie. A trending game hopes to help you discern fake news by doing the most counterintuitive thing — teaching you to write fake news.

The game, called Bad News, tags itself as a “vaccine” for fake news by injecting you with humorous doses of lies.

Bad News launches directly from your browser (no installation needed). In the game, you’re a fledgling writer hoping to establish a globally recognized, cringe-worthy fake news blog in the future. Through a series of text prompts and questions, the game’s narrator guides you through the journey of creating fake news.

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The game asks you tap into either your virtual reader’s anger or fear. Through your choices, the narrator will tell you if a headline is too fake or too right-wing. By guiding you, its goal is to optimize your headlines for gaining the most followers while maintaining a decent amount of credibility. The game also teaches how to spin the most positive of news into the most outrageous conspiracy theory. And yes, it also lets you use Twitter bots to boost your followers by thousands.

You win the game by building an empire of fake news, breaking down rational discourse into conspiracy chaos. You lose by becoming too rational or too outlandish. Throughout the game, you earn “badges” which correspond to the tools that fake news writers leverage on — impersonation, polarization, conspiracy, among others.

All fun aside, the game’s ultimate goal is to teach players how to spot fake news in the real world. While the news articles you write in the game are completely fictional, the methods it uses are completely credible. Also, the game shows the massive implications that a fake news Twitter army can cause.

The game was created by the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab and Drog, a media literacy organization. Besides a tool for change, the game hopes to power research efforts on the effect of fake news.

SEE ALSO: YouTubers give tips on how to spot fake news

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Digimon ReArise: A new Digimon mobile game!

It comes with an exclusive Digimon!

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Bandai Namco Entertainment just posted a teaser video for its new and upcoming Digimon ReArise mobile game. The text in the video reads, “Here is the story where your Digimon becomes a reality.”

The teaser doesn’t say much but Digimon ReArise will be a free-to-play mobile game where you’ll be working closely with a Digimon to battle against “Spiral,” — a mysterious and unexplained power. The development team describes the game as both “the adventure story of tamers and their Digimon” and “a game for looking after and training Digimon at any time.”

On top of all that, Bandai Namco finally revealed the exclusive starter Digimon you meet in the game. Created by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, the new Digimon is named Erismon (エリスモン). He’ll be the main focus and will be your main companion in the game. Erismon is apparently an electric hedgehog whose attacks shoot out static needles from his back.

Digimon ReArise will be out this year in Japan. While this game is in the works, you can give Digimon Links a try. Digimon Links was launched in Japan in March 2016 and in English last October.

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